Thursday, February 11, 2010

Underage Driver Not at Fault in Fatal Crash

A 14-year-old Sanger boy who was heading east in a Toyota pick-up with an 18-year-old passenger got involved in a fatal vehicle accident after a westbound SUV crossed the double lanes and hit the approaching pick-up.

The SUV veered off the road and flipped over. The 35-year-old front seat passenger died at the scene while the driver, 30-year-old Similiano Carillo sustained moderate injuries. Carillo’s other 40-year old passenger sustained serious injuries. The teens in the pick-up were treated for minor injuries.

Clearly, Carillo is at fault in this accident. However, the 14-year-old driver shouldn’t be unpunished as what he did was negligent and dangerous. He was certainly driving without permit that time because he is not yet legally allowed to drive a vehicle.

I hope parents of teenagers who are learning to drive should restrict their children or allow them to practice with an experienced adult in areas where no one will be placed at risk.